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​Pairing Halloween Candy With New York State Craft Beer

​Pairing Halloween Candy With New York State Craft Beer

By: Kate Brennan | October 24, 2017 | in: Beer and Food

Halloween is my favorite time of year because, what is better than having the excuse to eat all the candy you want? Well, I think I know one thing: eating all the Halloween candy you want while drinking some of your favorite beers! Here is a list of my favorite Halloween candies paired with some great New York State craft beers.

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Valentines Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Pairings

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | February 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

Chocolate. It’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day. It comes drizzled over strawberries and displayed in heart shaped boxes. It’s chock–full of antioxidants and known to be a mood booster. So, why wouldn’t we pair it with craft beer? Beer and food pairings are becoming very popular these days. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would offer some tips for pairing two of my favorite things: beer and chocolate.

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Cheese Pairing Tips From the Experts

Cheese Pairing Tips From the Experts

By: Nate Reynolds | November 23, 2016 | in: Beer and Food

If trying every new beer on the market isn’t enough craft exploration for you, have you ever considered escalating your interests by pairing craft beer with food? We mostly hear of beer-paired dinners and often see food suggestions on our favorite beer labels, but if you’re no good in the kitchen and don’t want to purchase a ton of ingredients, there is a simpler solution…cheese! Food pairing is all the rage, and a perfectly executed cheese pairing at your next get-together is sure to impress your guests. The different distinctions of cheese and seemingly boundless beer styles are what makes pairing them so interesting.

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Discovering the Tastes of Beer

Discovering the Tastes of Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | August 23, 2016 | in: Beer Tips

Most people simply like to sip, enjoy, and relax when it comes to drinking beer. This uncritical approach can be just the ticket on a hot summer day or after a hard day of work. Nevertheless, there are situations where a more focused approach to tasting beer is required. Possibly, the most critical analysis of beer can happen in competitions, where one beer is judged against another or according to the archetype of a particular beer style. However, there are many other applications. Sometimes you might dissect the flavor of an American IPA before pairing it with your favorite chunk of bleu cheese, or perhaps you might check for quality of taste of an imported Lambic before sharing it with your friends at a dinner party. Whatever the case may be there are over 300 recognized flavors that can occur in beer, and we have over 10,000 taste buds in our mouth biting at the bit to taste them.

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